Swap-bot Time: December 3, 2023 4:32 pm


Date Joined: October 15, 2017
Last Online: December 3, 2023
Birthday: August 22
Country: United States

About Me

If I send you mail that has postage due please let me know!

How do you prepare for the holidays? What do you do? Which holiday is your favorite?

Friendship books and sheets are new to me. I have a few. Would you like me to pass them to you? Please let me know I have no idea what to do with these cute little things.

I appreciate all the prayers for my family. My brother, Jim, is healing from his heart attack. It has strengthened his faith. Remembering the fragility of our bodies, is a chance for us to get straight with God.

As of November 26th, we are still getting intermittent mail. Some mail carriers brave the moat that surrounds our home. There is construction on the pipes under our home.

Favorite Books

I'm currently reading Sue Grafton's W is for Wasted. It's a mystery. And it's an alphabet series, there are only 2 more books. She never wrote the letter Z mystery before she died. I'm sad that I'm almost finished but I've been reading this series for about 4 years.

On audiobooks, listening to Joan of Arc by Mark Twain.

My reading goal for 2023 was to read about 150 books this year. I’ve read 47 books this year.

My reading goal is now around a 3 year goal instead of a one year goal.

When I tried to think about my Bucket List. The only thing I wanted to put on my Bucket List were books. I mean, there probably are a few things to put on the list besides books.... like I'd like to go to Scotland, Ireland, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Holland.

Paper & Postcards & Projects


Paper: I love paper!! Any kind of paper, stationery, loose pieces of paper, letter sets, postcards, notecards, ephemera.

Arts & crafts I’m into are journals, book pages like old books including illustrated flowers and plants, washi tape, wrapping paper, home made paper, yarn, tissue, packaging, found objects, and more.

Thank you for all the extras and gifts from you all!!!


Likes: [I'm always trying new styles and techniques. I don't think there's a single style that defines me unless maybe eclectic is a way to define. Though there are times I want more of a simple austere look. Then there are times I want a more busy collaged and contrasting look.]

Vintage or new but in a vintage style

Junk journals and fodder for them

Art all kinds and every style of art and crafts

Die cuts


ephemera, any



Rice paper

Sari ribbon

Stationery anything

Stamped images


Washi tape

Found objects

Dyed by ink or store bought or hand dyed fabric or yarn


In general I like all colors.


** For Journals **

I’m making art journals, junk journals, scrapbooks and more. I use planners for work and church and include some other financial and other details in these.

For junk journals, any size works for me.

And I like all themes. To give you a few ideas, here are some: sea, nautical, floral, circus, antique or vintage even if it's new but in the vintage style, Asian theme or French style. Grunge or distressed are also good for me. I often think of French as distressed though there is the sleek French style too. I’m really all over the place.

Any theme is good as I like eclectic or putting various themes together in more a mix! Ha ha!

I have been collecting things to put into a junk journal but I haven't actually started making the journal itself. I've no doubt it'll happen. I'm having a ton of itself and enjoying the process. I hope you enjoy your process too!

Favorite Television

Been watching lots of tv or streaming shows.

Binge watching The Crown on Netflix and enjoying it.

On Britbox we watch Payback. And via PBS we watch the Paris Murders. I think I’ve seen police and detective shows from many European countries! Also Van der walk, Murder in Sweden, and Prime Suspect the old ones with Helen Mirren.

On Apple TV, Silo. It’s based on one of my favorite authors: Hugh Howey the Wool series. Wool, Silo, Sand

And on Amazon, I’ve watched and rewatched The Peripheral. I even relistened to William Gibson’s audio version. I’d read the book in print too.

I think we used to call this cyberpunk fiction but I don’t know what it’s called anymore. I just like it.

And the Amazon series based on Tolkien’s Silmarillion which is ambitious don’t you think? If you’ve ever paged through this collection of myths and songs and stories. But I did enjoy the show on Amazon, it’s called The Rings of Power.

I watch the Jesus Image and EWTN. My life feels so fragile. Well it is for all of us. It can be all gone on a moment. And that makes me push myself very hard and always has. Since I was a little thing. My caretakers died when well one of my caretakers was murdered. And it sort of jaded me but I’ve been through lots and lots of therapy and prayer and 12 step programs. Art is therapy now. But I try to not make everything cathartic. Sometimes a doodle really is just a doodle!


Here are a few of the artists and makers I watch at YouTube:

Ana Bondu she works in French mostly and her specialty is Gelli prints

Barbara at 49dragonflies who makes grunge and other fun styles of journals

Claire at art_journal love

Cathy’s Garden

Denise Love aka @2lilowlsstudio and she makes intuitive abstract art very colorful

Tim Holtz

Dina Wakely

Maremi Small Art

Amity Bloom

Gayle Agostinelli

Helen Colebrook

Jackie Bernardi

Jane Davenport

Louise Heinzl


Niamh Baly

Nicole Relax.Cut.Glue

Nik the Booksmith

Pink Odd Bird

Roxy Creations



Shawn Petite

Susanne Rose Art

Teal and Tattered Journal

The Paper Outpost



These are my favorites!!!


Zefaniya rated for G.I.F.T. ~ Faith Sister ~ November on Dec 1, 2023
Comment: Thank you!! =)
Comment: Gorgeous postcard - thank you!
Comment: WOW - What a package! I love everything. My birthday is next Sunday, so I'm counting this as a birthday present. Since my birthday is so close to Christmas, I never got big birthday presents like my brother and sister who were born in the summer. Thank you for making my day!
Comment: Thank you !!
Comment: Cute pages. Thank you for the cute napkins💕
Hunbun rated for R&W Traveling notebook USA #3 on Nov 22, 2023
Comment: Got it--and thanks for the postcards!
pattiairel rated for Thanksgiving Day Card swap on Nov 19, 2023
Comment: thank you
Comment: Thank you - great masterboard PC - I love the whole idea of these!
Comment: Thank you for your pumpkin collection! But you hid on apple among them, right? :)
24Donna rated for G.I.F.T. ~ Faith Sister ~ October on Nov 14, 2023
Comment: Marie, forgive me I thought I had rated already! Thank you for your prayers and thoughtfulness throughout the month! I love the prayer journal book and am trying to save till the new year! You have blessed me my dear friend ❤️God. Bless you my sister in Christ
Tessssssa rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #124 on Nov 9, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the postcard
Comment: Love the idea of the recipe book for your step daughter! How special. Never been to Cali! One day!
Comment: Great job l am sure the owner will love your picture and the rest of the Post card when l send it back to her, thank you for the great extra. Take care
Comment: Thank you for the journal, it arrived safely and quickly. The entries in it are sooo beautiful and I can’t wait for the next round🥰
mcorbus rated for AMA Pass and Paste # 108 on Nov 5, 2023
Comment: Thank you :)
Comment: Thank you for sharing 😊
WendyTVee rated for AI-cluster on a twinchie on Nov 2, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome Twinchies.. I loved them both but the Rabbit one :)
Comment: Thank you so much! The pumpkins are adorable. And I always like getting PCs.
Comment: Thank you so much for the delightful postcard - the frightened clownfish really makes it! I will have to check out that podcast <3
Comment: Hello Marie, Thankyou for your no-theme booklet. I find these ones harder but i think i am going with a new halloween quote that i read for the first time this year! ❤️❤️❤️

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LadyJo on Dec 2, 2023:

I just wanted to say, Hi! I am your partner for December GIFT Faith Sister. Let me know how I can pray this month!

LadyJo on Nov 24, 2023:

Thank you for the birthday card! It is fun to get surprises of mail!

Zefaniya on Nov 23, 2023:

Thank you for the cards for the November GIFT sister! I hope you have a lovely weekend!

BlueberryLady on Nov 15, 2023:

GIFT-Faith Sister envie #2 mailed today. Hope you are enjoying this better weather, itd 59* and Sunny here today...

supersquirrel on Nov 2, 2023:

Wonderful stickers in the (not so small) Oct RAK #1 Small Envie of Stickers win. There are some darling cuties and some gorgeous beauties in here. Thank you so much!

BlueberryLady on Nov 1, 2023:

*Hello, I am your G.I.F.T Faith Sister for November. Prayers for your Brother too.

Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:7

We got our first snow during the night.. Just got back in from taking our new Dog out to do her business.. Snow is heavy... looking to the north the sky over the lake is very dark Gray.

rkassman on Oct 30, 2023:

Thank you so much for completing and sending home my pass & paste card - I love the unusual fruit addition - I am a total fruit-girlie and this was such a perfect addition! <3

-Rachel / rkassman

24Donna on Oct 25, 2023:

Marie, What a wonderful prayer journal, I love it! Amazing 52 weeks I’m going to try and save it for the new year, (I say try because it will be hard to wait) thank you so much!

BlueberryLady on Oct 8, 2023:

LOVE the little Flowered Tea Towel you included in the package of goodies you sent me for Sept.RAK. I love hunting for the crocheted doilies, edged dresser scarves, and the old Linen Calendar Kitchen Towels.. the napkins are pretty , love the baggie of Buttons,shells etc... Thrift shops and yard Sales are the Best ! !

chimerix on Oct 7, 2023:

Thank you for the vintage copy of "Through the Looking Glass"! I love it. Thank you for granting me a September wish. Aloha

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